DIANE M. (BARRY) CHESLER – in Woburn, Friday, February 23rd. Beloved wife of David Chesler. Devoted mother of Lauren Rose, Sean Barry “Jack” and Kevin Joseph Chesler. Cherished daughter of Robert T. Barry of Woburn and the late Eleanor J. (Warner) Barry. Dear sister of Mark A. Barry of Woburn and the late Lauren E. Barry. Loving daughter-in-law of Armand and Rhoda Chesler of Merrimac, NH. Also survived by a brother-in-law in NH and his family. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Thursday, March 1st at 9:15 a.m. Funeral Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, 100 Washington Street, Woburn at 10. Calling hours Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Diane’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.
Diane M. (Barry) Chesler passed away Friday, February 23rd, at Winchester Hospital, after a lengthy battle with cancer. The beloved wife of David Chesler, she was forty-seven years age.
Born in Winchester, Diane was the daughter of Robert T. and the late Eleanor J. (Warner) Barry. Raised in Woburn, Diane attended the White Elementary School, the Kennedy Middle School and was a graduate of Woburn High School. She continued her education at Merrimack College where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Library Science at Simmons College in Boston. She subsequently worked at the Somerville Public Library and the Belmont Public Library.
In 1992, Diane was married, and she and her husband David moved back to Woburn two years later. Once they started their family, Diane chose to remain at home to care for their two sons and their daughter. An avid reader, she loved to read to her children as often as she could. Diane also enjoyed flowers and took a course in flower arranging. As a family they vacationed on the Cape and traveled to New Hampshire to visit their paternal grandparents. “Grampy” Barry, as he was affectionately called, loved to spend time with his grandchildren and took them swimming in the summer and sledding in the winter.
Diagnosed with Hodgkins Disease at the early age of twenty-five, Diane exemplified great strength and courage as she dedicated herself to her children and her family, despite the physical and mental challenges of her debilitating disease. She never gave up and her mission was to beat cancer, not just survive.
Diane was predeceased by her mother, Eleanor J. (Warner) Barry, who passed away in 1997, and her sister, Lauren E. Barry.
Along with her husband David and her father, Robert Barry of Woburn, she leaves three children, Lauren Rose, Sean “Jack” Barry Chesler and Kevin Joseph Chesler, her brother, Mark A. Barry of Woburn, her father- and mother-in-law, Armand and Rhoda Chesler of Merrimac, NH, and a brother-in-law in NH and his family.
The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Thursday, March 1st at 9:15 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, 100 Washington Street, Woburn at 10. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.
Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m.
Donations may be made in Diane’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street Framingham, MA 01701.